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FSElite Exclusive: Envtex SP2 Previews

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TOGA Projects have kindly provided us with some exclusive Envtex Service Pack 2 information and eye-catching previews to share.

Word of SP2 comes nearly two years after the initial release of Envtex which has come a long way in terms of development. Continuing development and providing support for Envtex is really important to the developers. They would like to thank everyone who has believed in and supported their team in one way or another.

TOGA Projects endeavour to deliver a low-cost, user-friendly and high quality but most importantly, a complete utility. They hope they’ve been able to bring such a product to the market with such qualities but with always having room for improvements. The devs took a look back at the first version of Envtex and realised how much the current product has evolved. Almost every file was updated and they could almost say that it’s a completely new product with no upgrade feed ever to be charged to you, the end user.

Based on the feedback received, the devs have worked on many aspects of the utility but they’ve especially paid attention to the clouds which was understood to be a weak point. Creating new cloud models was a pointless idea as the majority of the community use HiFi ASCA and REX SkyForce 3D clouds, so they’ve decided to support both, as they do bring along their own cloud textures, TOGA Projects felt that they could bring something different that would fit both products. The challenge here was to make the perfect compromise between realistic-looking soft clouds and photorealistic clouds. Hopefully, they’ve succeeded in doing so but with the end-result to rely on community’s judgement.

Although clouds are not the only enhancement. Many textures were reworked from scratch such as the airport textures which will bring life to freeware and default airports. There is a pretty extensive but comprehensive SP2 changelog at the end of this article for you to view.

TOGA Projects are in the final stages of completing the new version of Envdir to further move onto the beta testing phase. The previews shown are still work-in-progress as there is still some fine-tuning going on although the final result should be really close if not identical.

SP2 Changelog

User interface

  • Heavily reworked.

Sky textures

  • New textures.
  • New customization options.
  • New ASCA integration options.

Clouds

  • New cloud textures.
  • REX Skyforce integration added.
  • ASCA integration added.

Sun, Moon & Milkyway

  • New customization options.
  • New effects and textures.

 Special effects

  • New customization options.
  • New contrails effect.
  • New lightning effect.
  • Enhanced existing effects.

Airport textures

  • New customization options.
  • Textures entirely reworked from scratch.

Other products

Envshade

  • SP1 will be under development after the Envtex SP2 release

EnvWeCan’tSayYet

  • Yes we are working on other things
 
Tags : ASCABETADevelopmentENVTEXHifiREXService Pack 2SF3DSP2TexturesTOGA Projects
Max Dyba

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I've been a fervent lover of aviation ever since I caught the bug back in 2009. I'm a seasoned flight simmer being involved in many projects and events within the flight simulation community over the past few years. Once I leave school, I plan to pursue my dream of becoming a commercial airline pilot. In addition to all that, I'm also a keen photographer who revels in plane spotting around the world.